Well, the say there is a first time for everything right? I am a born and raised true California girl and I take pride in it. I was fortunate to come from a family who believes in spending money on the amazing world God has created. My dear mother is a retired Navy Reservist and she raised me to believe that “the sky is the limit”.
Growing up, our frequent trips to Disneyland, Six Flags, the Wild Animal Park ( San Diego Zoo ), had my 11th birthday in the “Circus Circus” hotel, and many places and states I traveled for Club Volleyball, the list is endless and I appreciate her inspiring and
showing me a world of adventure. My boyfriend and I have made it a point to include that goal or as they say it “#Relationshipgoal.” It’s the hobby that keeps our spark alive.
The beginning of the year, we decided to go to the mountains as a first for both of us. We typically decide on places in a big city or a resort to travel and get our “passport stamps”, but we decided to take a leap of faith and travel to the mountains. Both of us are truly “suburban raised”, and no absolutely nothing about camping, hunting, fishing, and well you get the picture.
We did what we do best and “Google” our way through planning. Tripadvisor, Groupon, looked up the cabins in its entirety (believe me, long nights going through all the cabin pictures can get annoying), researched activity and weather history and restaurants
near by. We started out with the two of us, and ended being six good friends last minute.
The website we booked for the cabin was CarolinaVacationCabins.com and they were a pleasure to work with. They sent out information regarding the Cabin, places to eat, and activities they offered in the winter time. Being that it was COLD, and we hate the COLD (that’s why we live at the beach), we knew we were just going to be in the house. We book a month in advance and upon arrival, it was as easy as ONE-TWO-THREE.
Once the weekend came, we all traveled together to what it was called, Bryson City, NC. We picked up our keys and received directions to the house. Well, let me tell you about the journey to get to the house. It was dark, steep hills, and serious curve dirt road that I never thought existed. I guess I naively thought it would be a straight road up the hill to the house, HA….boy, were we in for a rude awakening. Luckily, we did have one mountain girl who grew up in a town close by and was used to the narrow cliff roads, that if you sneezed you would fall off the road.
After holding our breath to get to the house, the breathtaking views of our house and our surroundings took the cake! The pictures did it NO JUSTICE! From the bedrooms, to the major kitchen, HOT TUB ( yes hot tub outside ) and outdoor deck with flat screen tv, we were in heaven! We also had a card table, wet bar, and 3 bedrooms. We dropped our bags and began our journey back down to town for food and drinks for the weekend.
Weekend Must Haves
The closest town was “Cherokee, NC”, and it happened to be on a reservation (how could you guess? The name definitely gave it away right!?!). We we went to the local Food Lion and picked up breakfast food, everyone had their own favorite snacks and dinner for Saturday night, STEAKS!!! After walking Food Lion 3 times we finally came to the conclusion there wasn’t an aisle for BEER! We were mortified, probably the worst sight to see. According to the store clerk, they don’t serve alcohol on the reservation! Can you say panic mode? HAHA, so we had to drive a little out of town for the closet gas station/ ABC store. I must say, it was pretty cool knowing we were on the reservation and the powerful history to say the least, we can check that off the bucket list!
After all the commotion is over with, we have finally arrived, settled in, and began to PARTAYYY!!!! We relaxed, laughed, played, and just treasure the moment. It was just what we needed.
The bedrooms were beautiful; it was FREEZING like hell, but relaxing and comfortable. Something new and different. Each night, we did something different. Shots of course, drinking games, card games, football games were on as well. Each couple cooked a meal, we did breakfast (I mean who can go wrong with that easy meal), one couple grilled steaks and another couple made Queso for a mid-day snack. During the days, we hung out with each other, one couple went down to the river and explored the area a bit, my boyfriend and I are sports fans, so we watch the games and napped downstairs while the other couples hung out on the balcony and played pool.
I really and truly enjoyed myself and the company with us! Everyone got along being that it was the first time some met each other and it was all positive vibes. This city girl loveeeeeeeddddd the mountains and can’t wait to go back soon!
Until Next Time,